I’m not Irish but I’m happy to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Wearing of the Green. . .on potatoes. . .
. . .with Spinach Pesto~ and a little fun with Spinach 4-Leaf Clovers~
I’m not lucky when it comes to finding 4-Leaf Clovers, but I did have some luck & fun with baby spinach leaves, making my own clovers with a 4 -Leaf Clover Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts I found at Michaels.
I found this fun idea on Pinterest~ here~ using basil.
Since basil is dismal this time of year at the grocery store and it’s too early for fresh basil, I decided to use baby spinach for a pesto and celebrate with a little wearing of the green on our potatoes for St. Paddy’s Day.
There are lots of recipe variations for Spinach Pesto~ using a combination of spinach & parsley, spinach & basil~ and substituting walnuts for pine nuts. Use what you like, or use a jarred basil pesto to mix with your mashed potatoes.
I used spinach only, following a recipe from Giada~ reducing the amount of lemon juice/zest called for in the recipe by half, since I was adding the pesto to mashed potatoes.
You want to use fresh baby spinach which is finer and easier to fit through the punch for your 4-Leaf Clover garnish.
Or throw caution to the wind~ skip the calorie counting and ignore the fat grams~ and pipe your pesto mashed potatoes into Dutch Ann frozen tart shells.
Bake filled tart shells about 20 minutes and garnish with a spinach 4-Leaf Clover.
You can see The Wearing of the Green at the table here~